New diesel lanes accommodate more truckers.
The new $6 million Love's Country Store opened its doors at 8 a.m. Thursday for business.
The expansion doubled its diesel lanes to eight and brought its gasoline lanes up to six.
The new Love’s opened as scheduled, said Love's Country Store Public Relations Director Jenny Love Meyer.
"The new location opened without any major delays," said Meyer. "In addition to the new location, we have added 25 new employees and three new managers to the existing team of 15 employees and two managers."
The new Love’s replaces an older, smaller fuel station and convenience store for truckers and travelers.
The 4,321-square-foot building is split in two halves with the Love's Country Store on one side and the eatery on the second side.
At the front of the building there are six fuel lanes with two gasoline pump stations per lane totaling 12 pumps. The eight diesel lanes are located behind the building away from the area where automotive travelers refuel and park. The previous Love's had four diesel lanes and eight gasoline pumps.
The old location had parking for 25 semi-trucks while the new one can accommodate 102.
"There is a lot more parking than at the old location," said store patron Walter Holland, a WLA freight driver. "It is real spacious and I love these new facilities."
And Chester's Fried Chicken and Godfather's Pizza restaurants have been joined by Arby's restaurant.
"I'm just passing through and stopped in. This is a nice place. It's always good to have options," said Dave Jackson of Wichita Falls, Texas. "They have a good idea going with separating the building into two halves. The important thing is that it is clean and that is greatly appreciated."
In only its second day of operation, the restaurant half was filled with customers. And store manager Jamie Shaw helped out during the lunch rush.
"We opened at 8 a.m., Thursday and have had a steady rush of customers in the station and restaurants," said Shaw. "We've had a lot of out- of-town visitors. But many of the locals are excited about the new site and the addition of Arby's."